Posted by: stefaniemoore | January 28, 2012

Confessions of an Ex-Journalism Major

Ryan Colins, Flash Communications studentThanks to guest blogger Ryan Collins, a senior public relations major at Kent State University, for sharing his experiences about making the switch from journalism to public relations. 

Anyone in the wrong major knows all about the sinking feeling you get when you calculate how soon graduation is. It’s scary to think of receiving a degree in something you don’t enjoy! That feeling also comes around when you schedule more classes you don’t really enjoy or when you have to look for an internship or job you don’t think you’ll like. It’s clear you need something new, but what if you don’t know where to turn?

I’ve been there.

PR Button Source:  Cision Blog http://blog.us.cision.com/I was a journalism major for almost two years. I knew I loved to write as a kid, so I thought journalism was a natural choice for me. I tried all kinds of student media, but I never felt totally satisfied. Thankfully, with the help of some caring friends, I decided to take a leap of faith and finally become an ex-journalism major. I switched to public relations.

Ever since I switched, I have set myself on a crash course learning PR.  I need to buy a button like this and wear it all the time:

I got a job working at Flash Communications, the student PR agency in Kent State’s University Communication and Marketing department. Here are some of my favorite things about working here:

  • I confess: My favorite thing about working in public relations is all the positivity! Here at Flash, we’re focused on all the fabulous things happening at Kent State University every day. I love that about PR. We’re happy people.
  • I confess: Being a study abroad alum, I love writing stories focused on other countries. I recently wrote a story about a KSU student who visited Jamaica and another story about a class that takes KSU students to Costa Rica over winter breaks. Working in public relations allows me to tell the Kent State community how beneficial it is to study abroad and see the world.
  • I confess: Working at Flash is special to me because I get to work with top communication professionals at Kent State. I get stories and feedback directly from people who I respect. I’m learning how to write for different publications around the university. Being here is a learning experience, it’s not just a job.
  • I confess: I love the intangible feeling of being fulfilled. My public relations classes and my job at Flash inspire me! PR motivates me to work hard. Even though this field is competitive, I love what I do. A career that emphasizes Twitter clearly is amazing.

If you want to be an ex-(insert your current major here) and switch to public relations, visit the Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) website to learn more.

PS. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of PR specialists is expected to grow 24 percent from 2008-2018.  Once again, I love this field for its positive outlook!

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Responses

  1. Great blog post, Ryan! PRKent is so full of passionate, smart and dedicated students like yourself. I think many people stumble into PR from other majors and are able to discover their passion here. Keep up the hard work and enthusiasm and you’ll definitely go on to do big things in the future!

    • You’re right, PRSSAKent! A couple of us had this discussion today. Passion is what sets you apart.


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